Purpose: This built was made for a younger cousin. She's 12 and her computer is at least a decade old. It would mainly be used for school work, which may include surfing the net, Microsoft Word, and some Photoshop and whatever this newer generation does at school. The budget was below $400.
CPU: The FX-6300 seemed to be the best bang for the buck CPU. It is quite fast, but the stock cooler is pretty loud. Another downside is that it is AM3+ (which is dying/dead). If I had to redo this, I would have went with an Intel G3220. I have always used some pretty fast CPUs so I have no idea what slow CPUs feel like. The G3220 may be much slower, but it's LGA 1150, which leaves rooms for upgrades. I wonder if she would even feel the difference between an FX-6300 and a G3220.
Motherboard: Because we went with an AM3+, there were only a few choices for the motherboard. I was looking for an mATX board, internal USB 3.0, and the lowest price possible. I don't know what to say about it. It had everything I wished for but I guess the BIOS slightly disappointed me. Well that's my bad for cheaping out on the motherboard.
SSD: I really wanted to get her an SSD even though I was on a budget. The money could have been spent somewhere else but I think the SSD is worth it. Currently, the Samsung Evo is one of the most recommended SSDs out there. According to BootRacer, the computer boots in 10-11 seconds and everything opens pretty quickly. The downside is that it is only 120GB. But I don't think she'll ever fill that up. Her old computer had 160GB and it was not even close to being full. If she ever fills it up, she can always add a HDD.
Case: I went with the Fractal Design Core 1000. I was looking for the lowest priced case with USB 3.0. The first case I received came damaged. The power button was missing and the front bezel was damaged. Thankfully, MemoryExpress immediately shipped a new case and that one was well packed. For the case itself, there are no cutouts for cable management, the power supply is mounted on the top, the case feels relatively cheap (because it is) and the USBs & buttons are on the side. I knew all of this before buying it, so no surprises there. The side panels were also a pain to remove. I had to get a piece of wood and a hammer to hit it open.
Power Supply: SeaSonic seems to make the best PSUs out there. I know that some Corsair PSUs are also made by SeaSonic and such but this one was the cheapest I could get. I was hesitating between this and the Corsair CX430 which was often on sale with their $20 MIR. I waited quite a while but it never went on sale, so I had to go with the SeaSonic. It is not modular but at least the cables are sleeved.
Optical Drive: I had this optical drive from the old HP I had.
RAM: I had 4 x 2GB of 1333GHz RAM from that HP. Not the best, but RAM are expensive nowadays. This is one of the reasons why I did not go with an APU build. It may be cheaper and better, but I would have to buy some high speed RAM.
Operating System: I got the OS for free from school.
Cable Management: The case was quite small but there was a lot of space under the optical drive to shove those unused cables into. I know I could have done better but I don't think that making it a little cleaner would help much with airflow.
Final Thoughts: The computer runs pretty smoothly. As mentioned earlier, the stock cooler is quite loud. This combined with the loud front fan from the case makes it a pretty loud machine. Hopefully she'll be content and it will last a couple of years. If she ever gets into gaming, she could easily get a GPU for around $100-150 and put it in there.
Thank you for reading. :D